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The federal government mandates that residential and contract wallcoverings must achieve certain performance measures. Wallcoverings are typed by the American Society for Testing and

Materials (ASTM). Specifications and performance requirements are set forth in CCC-W-408, issued by the General Services Administration. All testing on wallcoverings must be conducted by a certified testing facility.

Key Points

Testing guidelines focus on requirements for sixteen wallcoverings characteristics. These are:

  1. Color fastness
  2. Washability
  3. Scrubbability
  4. Abrasion Resistance
  5. Breaking strength
  6. Crocking
  7. Stain Resistance
  8. Tear Resistance
  9. Blocking Resistance
  10. Coating Adhesion
  11. Cold Crack Resistance
  12. Heat Aging Resistance
  13. Flame Spread
  14. Smoke Development
  15. Shrinkage
  16. Mildew Resistance

The type and specifications of each individual wallcoverings product determines its most appropriate use. The type and specifications of individual products will be listed on the label, bolt, or sample book using international symbols.

International Symbols

International Wallcovering Symbols


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